HC Deb 26 February 1964 vol 690 c73W
12. Mr. Doig

asked the Postmaster-General if he will allow old-age pensioners free licences for radio and television, to assist them to overcome loneliness.

Mr. Bevins

Although I have some sympathy with this idea, I am afraid that, apart from other considerations, it would be unfair to other licence-holders. If only half the pensioners live in households with television, free licences for them would mean about an extra pound on the general licence.